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Starting tomorrow and running through Sunday, the 11th Annual San Diego Black Film Festival is one of the largest festivals of its type in the country.

Dozes of films will be screened this year including comedies, dramas, documentaries, animation, GLBT, horror, religious, foreign/African Diaspora, shorts, features, and music videos.

The San Diego Black Film Festival was established in 2002 by the Black Historical Society of San Diego, and is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of African American and African Diaspora cinema as well as the education of media arts.

This year's festival will be held at Reading Cinema's Gaslamp 15. Individual screening tickets are $10 and festival passes run between $75.00 and $350.00.

Below is a complete list of films to be screened. Showtimes and capsule descriptions were taken from the festival's website. Click for more information.

Thursday, January 31

  • 6pm: Opening Night Reception with special guest Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, host of the PBS series History Detectives.
  • 7:30pm Martine Jean's The Silent Treatment, 15 mins.
  • Donald Conley's Sleep, 11 mins.
  • Tukufu Zuberi's African Independence: The film highlights the birth, realization, and problems confronted by the movement to win independence in Africa. Narrated by Tukufu Zuberi, known by public television audiences for his work on PBS’s successful show History Detectives.

  • 7:30pm: Dexter Stallworth's Dating, 13 mins.

  • Delman Moore's CH27, 78 mins. Fun for four high school students suddenly turns tragic.

  • 7:30pm: Mesfin Sinke and Benyam Hbtemichae's Winta, 130 mins. A young woman from Eritrea comes to America in pursuit of her dreams.

  • 7:30pm: James Brown's Red, White, Black, and Blue, 81 mins. Students from South Los Angeles fly to New Zealand to learn and play the sport of Rugby.

Friday, February 1

  • 6pm: Michael Blackman's Directing Reality, 10 mins.
  • Mercy Smith's We're Just Ghetto, 5 mins.
  • Randall Rehak's A.M. Mayhem: A look at the development of rap and hip-hop at a pioneering 1990s AM radio station.

  • 6pm: Pauley Page's Purgatory X, 12 mins.

  • Domingo Guyton's Kinda Religious featuring: YTF, 46 min. A depiction of what Jesus and his ministry would be like in the current day.

  • 6pm: Angela Aguayo's 778 Bullets, 18 mins.

  • Terry T. Miles' Gansta Style I featuring: Recognize, 91 mins. A used car salesman by day is a deadly street gangster by night.

  • 6pm: Bryce Marrero's Bad Blood, 33 mins.

  • Kevin Richmond's Kinda Scary featuring: One Last Sunset, 41 mins. Two sisters are the last survivors of an apocalyptic virus that turned the entire human population into zombies.

  • 7pm: Daniel Kiel's The Memphis Thirteen, 35 mins. Thirteen African American first graders take courageous steps to enter four all-white elementary schools during 1960s segregation.

  • Samantha Knowle's Short Enlightenment featuring: Why Do You Have Black Dolls, 25 mins. A look at the history, beauty and pride associated with the black doll.

  • 8pm: Andrea Ashton's The First Last Kiss, 17 min.

  • Elias Mael's Against the Grain, 87 mins. A university student faces peer pressure from friends in the neighborhood.

  • 8pm: Chris Emmons' Marked Man, 9 mins.

  • Eric Wilson's The Coffers, 22 mins.
  • Jeffrey Elmon's Junior, 11 mins.
  • Mischa Webley's The Kill Hole, 89 mins. An Iraq war vet is haunted by his actions in the service.

  • 8pm: Hans Lein's Jay's Taste, 15 mins.

  • Tony Ducre's I Can Smoke, 18 mins.
  • George Cox's Street Choice, 96 mins.

  • 8pm: Thomas P. Mackie's Love Struck, 30 mins.

  • Beneyam Wolde-Yohannes's Pareto Principle, 17 mins.
  • Kenya Cagle's Gansta Style II featuring: Brooklyn Gangster (The Story of Jose Lucus), 60 min. A young man has one last score to settle before exiting his life of crime.

Saturday, February 2

  • 11am: Michael Hicks' Battle (Change From Within), 56 mins. A look at Eliot Battle's pivotal role in desegregating schools and housing in Columbia, Missouri.

  • 11am: Eugene Washington's Lakeview, Booker & Johnson (The Hallowed Halls), 107 mins. The story of how three Columbia, South Carolina segregation-era institutions produced model citizens.

  • 11am: David Pepper's MLK (A Living Legacy), 9 mins.

  • Pamela Uzzel's Unearthing the Dream, 53 min. A small-town African American community forced to accept second-class materials refuses to accept a second-class education for its children.

  • 11am: David H. Butler's Sacred Ground (The Battle for Mt. Auburn Cemetery), 77 mins. A Community battles a Methodist church for control of a historically black cemetery.

  • 1pm: Rhasaan Nichols' Letters to My Sister, 72 mins. A young woman living with multiple disabilities influenced her brother in ways he has come to appreciate.

  • 1pm: Sonya Dunn's The Bedroom, 13 mins.

  • Justin Ervin's Elephant in the Room, 59 mins. A former female boxing champion and her coach mentor two girls for success.

  • 1pm: Sabrina Heineke's Portrait of a Nation-- Ghana, 28 mins.

  • John Sorenson's The Quilted Conscience, 55 mins. A group of Sudanese refugees discover the art of quilting in an old fashioned American town.

  • 1pm: Brian Jordan Alvarez's You Are What I Want, 20 mins.

  • Angela Mantemotja's The Drama, 33 mins.
  • Art Jones' Thirteen Percent, 85 mins. A provocative perspective on how and why African-Americans account for a disproportionate percentage of new HIV/AIDS cases.

  • 3pm: Kimberly Townes Zero, 18 mins.

  • Hugh Schulze's Cass, 105 mins. The lives of a single father and his children are changed forever when a mysterious artist moves into an abandoned house next door.

  • 3pm: Donya Ravasani's American Imam, 20 mins.

  • Khaliff A. Watkins' The Test of Freedom (Muslim Americans Struggle Against Prejudice), 71 mins. In the face of bias and hysteria, Muslim Americans confront discrimination.

  • 3pm: Rachel Byrd's Mirror 21, 13 mins.

  • Mozell Miley-Bailey's And I On The Opposite Shore, 13 mins.
  • Daphne Schmon's Children of the Wind, 95 mins. Three young men from the tiny Caribbean island of Bonaire become three of the best freestyle windsurfers in the world.

  • 3pm: Darious Britt's Seafood Tester, 10 mins.

  • Mercy Smith's Game of Love, 5 mins.
  • Christopher Dorrah's Interlude, 134 mins. A collage of dramas featuring love, friendship and betrayal.

  • 5pm: Michael Blevins. Nigga, 17 mins.

  • James A. House's Gospel Good, Gospel Bad, Gospel Ugly,, 100 mins. The trials and tribulations of a gospel quartet trying to break into the music industry.

  • 5pm: Tyjon Tom's Hope, 24 mins.

  • Sharon Lewis In Between Life, 13 mins.
  • Kristen V. Carter's First Date, 15 mins.
  • Paul van Zyn's Elegy for Revolutiuonary, 23 mins.
  • Shea E. Butler's The Trial of Ben Barry, 33 mins. An estranged son returns home to help his elderly father confront the mistakes of his past.

  • 5pm: Arthur Thrower's Letters from Arnold, 8 mins.

  • Todd Reed's The N-Word, 33 mins.
  • Kathy Payton's Choices, 20 mins.
  • Allen Maldonado's One Decision Away, 23 mins.
  • Matt Ritvo's Turn the Mics On, 40 mins. In the world of jazz, six musicians strive to survive.

  • 5pm: Harrell Williams' They Lost It, 28 mins.

  • Evita Castine's Saudade, 6 mins.
  • Brad Mays' The Donut Shop, 27 mins.
  • Erik Hudson's The Story Man, 60 mins. A California storyteller rises to the level of ambassador of Los Angeles storytelling.

Sunday, February 3

  • 11am: Florence Ayisi's Handing Down Time (Cameroon), 60 mins. A portrait of Cameroon's diverse cultural heritage celebrated through the living traditions of dance, music and art. Dieudo Hamadi's Atalaku, 60 mins. An inside look at the Congo’s 2011 presidential elections.

  • 11am: Joel Karekezi's Imbabazi (The Pardon),75 mins. After imprisonment, a man returns to his village to face the consequences of his crime.

  • 11am: Alexander Etseyatse's 4-1-9, 14 mins.

  • Ice Neal's Black Brits featuring: Eva's Diamond, 139 mins. A mother embarks on a quest to clear her son's name and finds herself entangled in a chain of events linked to a man who terrified her years earlier.

  • 12:30pm: Ali Allie and Ruben Reyes' Garifuna in Peril, 100 mins. A Garifuna language teacher from a coastal village in Honduras, struggles to preserve the Garifuna culture.

  • 1pm: James Brown's Red, White, Black, and Blue, 81 mins. Students from South Los Angeles fly to New Zealand to learn and play the sport of Rugby.

  • 1pm: Rose Clarke's Lies of Blue, 17 mins.

  • Anthony Deveney's Noah, 105 mins. The film imagines a present day America where slavery was never abolished.

  • 1pm: Roy Agyemang's Mugabe (Villain or Hero), 116 min. A look at Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and the West's perspective of this African leader.

  • 2pm: Michael Tucker's Imperfect, 24 mins.

  • Ericka Marsalis-LaManna's Generation Me, 129 mins. A pop singer's online relationship is made worse when she receives advice from friends.


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